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Richard Hill
B: 1929-03-16
D: 2017-12-09
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Hill, Richard
Leah Gillie
B: 1937-08-25
D: 2017-12-01
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Gillie, Leah
Lorraine Harper
B: 1925-12-04
D: 2017-11-30
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Harper, Lorraine
Harvey Gardner
B: 1929-11-30
D: 2017-11-26
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Gardner, Harvey
Kenneth Dahlberg
B: 1926-07-28
D: 2017-11-23
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Dahlberg, Kenneth
Ella Hughes
B: 2003-08-30
D: 2017-11-16
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Hughes, Ella
Clinton Wilkinson
B: 1985-12-28
D: 2017-11-05
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Wilkinson, Clinton
Richard Warner
B: 1930-09-23
D: 2017-11-03
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Warner, Richard
Stanley Pierce
B: 1925-04-23
D: 2017-10-30
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Pierce, Stanley
Annie Deaver
B: 1924-11-26
D: 2017-10-24
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Deaver, Annie
Angelo Lucero
B: 1989-02-28
D: 2017-10-23
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Lucero, Angelo
Orval Jeffs
B: 1930-09-24
D: 2017-10-13
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Jeffs, Orval
Daniel Diaz
B: 1939-10-07
D: 2017-10-11
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Diaz, Daniel
Lucy Stewart
D: 2017-10-11
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Stewart, Lucy
Michael Leeds
B: 1944-07-28
D: 2017-10-06
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Leeds, Michael
Consuelo Escobar
B: 1943-10-22
D: 2017-10-05
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Escobar, Consuelo
Ross Taylor
B: 1959-08-05
D: 2017-10-04
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Taylor, Ross
David Lacefield
B: 1937-07-15
D: 2017-10-03
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Lacefield, David
Kathleen Russo
B: 1947-10-02
D: 2017-10-02
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Russo, Kathleen
Robert Hall
B: 1933-11-24
D: 2017-09-29
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Hall, Robert
James Duncan
B: 1958-09-15
D: 2017-09-29
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Duncan, James

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What is a Funeral?

All we need to do is say the word "funeral" and within microseconds, you have an image in your mind of what a funeral looks like. This mental image comes from many sources: the geographical place, culture and society in which we live; our faith; our life experience. Obviously then, a funeral service in Borneo would look very different from one held in Tanzania; there are even significant differences between the funerals held in ethnically and/or geographically diverse regions of North America.

Yet, despite the differences, these funeral services have much in common. We invite you to read further to learn the really simple answer to the question "what is a funeral?" Should you have questions about what you read here, we encourage you to call us at (801) 405-7444. One of our funeral professionals will be delighted to explore the commonalities behind the wide spectrum of funeral ceremonies seen around the world. If you want to read and learn more about the Nelson Family Mortuary we provide up to date information on our facilities, what families are saying and about us. 

What Makes a Funeral?

what makes a funeral No matter where it's held, a funeral is a structured ceremony, with a beginning, middle and end. Each is intended to engage the living participants in activities which will transform their status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived. It's a socially-acceptable way for members of a community to re-affirm and express their social attachments.

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Ceremony: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

Funeral Services in Our Area

For families and individuals living in this region (as elsewhere in the nation), a funeral service can mean many things. Some fall back on what is commonly called a "traditional funeral"; others see that same traditional service as an emotionally unfulfilling event. Fortunately, thanks to a number of unique social forces, there are alternatives. Today, end-of-life commemorative services range from the traditional funeral, to a memorial service and the increasingly popular celebrations-of-life. If you have yet to realize the immense value of such a collective acknowledgement of loss, reach out to us. Call (801) 405-7444 to speak with one of our experienced funeral service professionals.


Sources:  
Huntington, Richard and Peter Metcalf, Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual, Cambridge University Press, 1979.